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Handbook on Effective Prosecution Responses to Violence against Women and Girls

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Prosecutors play a critical role in the criminal justice response to violence against women and girls. Prosecuting gender based violent crime can be challenging. Often there are a number of challenges, due to the private nature of the offence, and police investigation may be substandard. Victims may be uncooperative, withdraw or recant their complaints. Judges or juries may employ gender bias or common myths surrounding violence against women and girls when examining the credibility of the victim and the facts of the case. Drawing upon the updated Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (General Assembly resolution 65/228, annex), UNODC and UN Women have drafted the Handbook on Effective Prosecution Responses to Violence against Women and Girls. Recognizing that prosecutors work in different legal systems, it is meant to be a helpful resource for individual prosecutors and prosecution services.

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Trial considerations

To be effective in presenting the case of gender-based violence cases in court, prosecutors should be familiar with the current research and thinking regarding this violence. This can assist them in educating judges and juries about the dynamics of this violence, victims’ behaviour and common misperceptions and myths. While this research might not be generally admissible in a criminal case, prosecutors can benefit from a thorough understanding of the dynamics of violence against women and girls as this will aid them when devising trial strategies, anticipating defences, preparing victims and developing effective cross-examination and arguments.

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